Ellen Mueller

Parties & Parades: Approaches to Social Practice

by Ellen Mueller on March 17, 2018, no comments


Credit: Still from this film on Tom Marioni’s “The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art”

I am chairing a panel at the MACAA conference in Lincoln, Nebraska October 4-6th, 2018. My panel is entitled, Parties & Parades: Approaches to Social Practice, and I’m looking for presenters. Here’s the abstract:

For the purposes of this panel, we will categorize social practice as social engagement and collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions as a form of participatory art. As social practice grows in popularity and becomes further institutionalized, instructors are seeking out more information to help their own understanding, and to structure courses, lessons, and activities, while also meeting the curricular and technological needs of their particular institution. Given the wide-ranging nature of this field, and to help narrow the focus of this panel, we will specifically look at social practice approaches and strategies in connection with ritualized gatherings, including but not limited to, parties and parades.

This panel seeks submissions that address these ritualized gatherings from artists, designers, and art historians. Topics of investigation could include, but are not limited to, integrating technology, looking at the past, present, and future of ritualized gatherings in social practice; examining existing or proposed courses focused on this subject; and sharing particularly effective assignments related to this area of study.

250 word proposals/abstracts are due by April 30, 2018, and can be submitted via email to ellen@ellenmueller.com. Membership is required at the time of acceptance. Conference registration fee is required of all.

Please share far and wide! I would love to hear from a wide variety of interested people. 

• Open Call Due Date: April 30, 2018
• Conference Dates: October 4-6th, 2018
• Location:University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles

by Ellen Mueller on March 14, 2018, no comments

Remixing And Drawing Cover

TODAY! is the launch of my latest book, Remixing and Drawing: Source, Influences, Styles.

Check out the website accompanying the book: http://remixinganddrawing.com
(There’s a free zine download about remixing and appropriation). Use the discount code FLR40 on the hardcover ($48 instead of $60) or the e-book is $19.95

Help me celebrate the book’s release by sharing this news far and wide on social media!


Color of the Year Exhibition

by Ellen Mueller on March 13, 2018, no comments

Enid Series: Like in a Dream

If you’re in the Grand Rapids, MI area, be sure to swing by UICA (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts) on April 6, 2018 for the opening of Color of the Year.

This is a group exhibition of original art works each utilizing the 2018 PANTONE® Color of the Year, 18-3838 Ultra Violet, as a major component of execution or as a point of departure. The show also explores the influence that fine art has on color use in the realms of fashion, interiors, and industrial design. At the opening, meet and mingle with the artists, and enjoy small bites and a cash bar. Enjoy music by DJ Romy Glazer and complimentary Ultra Violet-inspired makeup and nails by Coiffeteria Salon. Fresh floral designs by A Growing Frenzy will also be view during the lively event.

My work will be shown alongside the following artists: Abbey Hunter, Brianne Farley, Conduit Studio, David Mahawili, Heather DayHwa-Jeen Na, Paul Johnson, Jeffrey Augustine SongcoMelissa EderMeredith OlingerMichael Pfleghaar, Morgan Hughes, Patrick EthenRay Koh, Rhonda Urdang, Sarah Nguyen, Scott Group Studios, Steve Loar, and Via Design in collaboration with Carlson Design, Detroit Wallpaper, Diane Hasso Studio, Leigh’s Fashions, and Rescom Electric.

Color of the Year
April 6 – July 29
RECEPTION: Friday, April 06, 2018, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm; Admission is free.
Facebook Event Link

Tues-Sat: 12–9pm; Sun: 12–6pm; Mon: Closed

2 Fulton WestGrand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-7000, info@uica.org

CAA Round Table Discussion on Social Practice

by Ellen Mueller on February 13, 2018, no comments

round table

Please join Karen Gergely and I as we lead a round table discussion at this year’s CAA Conference:


Time: 02/23/2018: 12:30PM–2:00PM
Location: Petree Hall CD, Red Table

We’ll be discussing artistic practice that works with and for the benefit of communities. I’ll be handing out some zines too: